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received 379 buyout agreements at the rent board, and we received 962 preh prebuyout ord. what is missing in this information is as you mentioned we don't how many were not filed, by definition. i think more importantly, we don't know the genesis for the buyout offer itself. the only caution note that i provide is that the buyouts don't usually have a history of how they got to agree to a buyout. they don't have the underlying notice or issue. they have a variety of payouts given as a result. one can infer maybe some were for potentially at fault or no fault evictions. it is only speculation so that
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is what is missing from the buyout ordinance. we don't have the underlying reason for the buyout, if you would, as part of that data. we have the mass of buyouts and how much the tenant was paid and how much tenants were in the unit. it is entirely up to you to come up with the calculation to make sense. these are complex laws. we are often working with those kinds of issues which is trying to balance what the law actually says with air picture we want to produce to figure out if we are doing a good job with housing production as opposed to displacement. >> i will bet you dollars to doughnuts if we could take your 900 or 370 and cross correlate them with mr. strahan's department of building inspection, you would see in a
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large number of those cases subsequent to that buyout a building permit is filed that may or may not require an entitlement at planning. almost instantly after the buyout happens somebody fluffs that unit up. while we don't have that data i bet you dollars to doughnuts i can find a real estate listing for that particular place. if we can match all of these things up, we can with great certainty say this should be part of the calculation related to units removed from protected status. that is the number i am drilling down into. it may well change the policies that this board of supervisors and our chief executive officer pursue if we realize that for every unit of affordable housing we are building we are losing one as opposed to the other terrible statistic for every two
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we build we are losing one because i think that might emphasize policies around preservation and protection of what i fundamentally think is the most affordable housing stock that we have. with that, supervisor haney, you might have a question. the mayor office office of housing is here. >> thank you, mr. doll lynns. then -- mr. collins. then i will open it up to public comment. we may have more questions. i have one speaker card and i see two other nonmembers or noncity employees here. ms. flandrick and mr. robos. janet you have up to three minutes in you want to testify.
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>> good afternoon. i am really glad this is being discussed today, especially buyouts. this is what i see a lot in my neighborhood as well as reports of our anti-displacement coalition. it is a way to get people out without using the ellis act how it is currently being used. number one if they are protected tenants in there, no one would know using a buyout. there would be no constraint on the building. it is indeed beneficial to the new owner to do it that way. to find a way to measure that, i would like to show you also a three unit building at the end of my street when i lived on lombard if i could have the overhead, please. this is where folks that i knew
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who raised two children, moderate housing for a family. this is what it has become after richard silver was coerced out of his home after battling the buyout offer for nearly a year. this did indeed become of his home which is now on the market for $3 million. this is just one of three units that all are very similar. it can also be found on hot path. as i saw yesterday for $14,000 a month you can rent that. this is the reality. much of the time with buyouts, and we need to measure that. that is no longer affordable to anyone that any of us know here in the city today. that is a loss of yet more affordable rental housing. thank you. >> thank you.
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mr. robles. >> senior disability action. $14,000 each month. i cannot afford that. no way. again, the buyouts are misused. they are being abused big time, again, finding ways to measure this. we can't afford to lose any more rent controlled housing stock. i am glad that this hearing is addressing this issue because we have been losing out for much, much too long. we hope to put policies into effect to counter there in the opposite direction. >> next speaker, please. >> janette collide. >> i am a small business owner in north beach. i am a resident of the mission. i want to say that i think this report argues for a registry, a
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complete housing registry. there is no way you will be able to track san francisco's inventory without a comprehensive registry to be done by the tax collector's office. the other is to your point about losing units and not tracking them. there is a significant number of people just leaving because the price of living, the cost of living in the bay area is so high that people are packing up to move for other opportunities. those are silently lost units. one in north beach was renting for -- a seven room flat for $1,200. i don't know what that seven room flat is renting for today. that is impacting our small businesses, our ability to retain employees, and so we hope this information will give policy makers the needed information to rebalance the way
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we do affordable housing because we need our middle income and our middle earners. they have to have a place to go. they don't right now. thank you. >> a shameless shoutout. go patron now her establishment. thank you, mr. right. >> talk about middle income. high income. what about the very low and low income bracket people? the people living off social security benefits, retirement benefits and the people who are homeless and living in transit in the street and the people that are employees working on your payroll but not getting any money in their andnuity or retirement fund? this is displacing low-income people out of permanent housing
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to renovate the unit and multiply the rent in order for people in high income brackets to enjoy that. you are running a racket. you are racketeering in violation of the damn ricoh act. it is criminal what you are doing. sooner or later i will put these issues and the demonstrations before you in front of the district court judge and heads will start rolling. you are depriving low-income people of due process and equal protection under the law. that is not equal protection under the law where you only provide luxury housing and permanent housing for people in high income brackets while people in low income brackets you treat them unfairly with
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differential treatment. you are part of it. you are part of it. you it is there on the other side of the god damn fence. one of you told me the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. you know who you are, ain't that right, mr. p? it is disgusting. >> thank you, mr. right. seeing no other members for public comment. public comment is closed. supervisor haney. >> thank you, chair peskin. i have one question on reporting and one broader question to bring up the representative from the mayor's office of housing. in terms of reporting, i understand why we organize the affordability around low, low madder rat and middle. i -- moderate. i know we define projects in
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different categories, for example, reporting how much family housing we are building, for example is not included here. i don't know if it is in some level of the reporting or specifically for people homeless or veterans. it is something that would be helpful to know. i don't know if that is immediately available. the other question i know that this is one of the types of reporting we have to do on a regular basis. you mention there is affordable housing goals that we have set through prop k or that the mayor had set in the housing element. what are the sort of reporting that happens around those goals and how -- what sort of -- how do we respond to the fact we are clearly not on track to meet these goals as i understand them?
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in fact we are seeing moving in the wrong direction in terms of getting closer to meeting the goals? is there a response in terms of what we are doing to get back on track? meeting our affordable housing production goals? >> ms. tan from the mayor's office of housing. >> thank you for that question, supervisor haney. a me chan. from the 2014 housing production goals to build 30,000 units by 2020 and 10,000 being affordable. we are on track to meeting those goals. to date we built 24,985 total homes. since 2014 of those 7832 have
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been affordable homes. we are on tractor the 30 thousands 10,000 affordable goal for 2020. additionally through legislation passed by supervisor row nan last year, we do quarterly reporting on the status of affordable housing pipeline and we submit that to the board every quarter. your offices should be receiving them. those are detailed reports showing what is in the pipeline, which permits have those projects received, which are they due to receive and what is the estimated construction start for those projects? i think in terms of the larger conversation about displacement and losing affordable homes through rent control and evictions at a rate gradeter than production, that is something we need to look at. our office is focused on anti
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displacement programs. the small program is successful at preserving rent control buildings at risk. we have additional $40 million from the excess funds to put towards additional small sites acquisition. we look forward to putting it out for that funding later this year. the board also -- excuse me the city passed right to tenant eviction -- right to eviction defense policy last year. we are in the process of implementing that program. this guarantees any tent facing an eviction has a right to a free legal council. we will implement that later this summer. we are focused on efforts to preserve rent control housing. focused on efforts to provide
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eviction funds to tenants that need it and other ideas the board may have on how we can do this work. >> can you break down a little bit how we are -- the numbers you mentioned in terms of a goal set in 2014 to build 30,000 units of housing by 2020 and to have 10,000 of those be affordable? that doesn't look like what i'm seeing in terms of the numbers you just said matching up. this is also showing there is not dates on all of these pages but a different time period and a longer period of time starting in 2009. what was the goal in 2014? you mention a number of 7,000 some affordable communities? what does that include?
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>> 10,000 affordable apartment homes by the year 2020. we are on track to get to that number. i don't have the actual like the whole list of all of the projects from 2014 until now. i am happy to provide that to you. >> thank you. >> i would like to respond to supervisor haney's question. i would like to make a plug about one of the planning department's long-standing publications called the housing inventory. we have been publishing it since 1967. it does talk about the type of housing, if it is family housing, housing for homeless people, for veterans, and i would be able to like send you copies of those. >> thank you.
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colleagues. i really appreciate the public discussion. mr. strong if there is anything to add you are welcome to or mr. i appreciate is public comment getting our hands around adding into the subtractions units where there are buyouts where we can get good information. i will be working with community members and my staff and other interested offices to see if we can get our hands around that in some way that makes sense. with that relative to the report itself, i think we need to receive it and approve it so is there a motion to send the subject resolution for this item three to the full board with recommendation made by supervisor haney? colleagues we take that without objection, and we are adjourned.
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>> okay.n, and we are adjourned. , here we go. hi, everyone. thank you for being here. i'm london breed, mayor of the city and county of san francisco i'm so excited to be here today to kick off birth month in san francisco. [applause] >> we are joined by the owners of the new will. thank you so much for opening up this incredible place which has 100% renewable energy. how exciting is that? [applause]. >> they are a participant in our green business program. they are super green it customers customers, anyone can be a super green customer for
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just a few more dollars a month. we are gathered here today because we know that climate change is real and one of the most pressing issues of our time it affects every person in every community all over the world. from the devastating forest fires throughout our estate to the historic flooding affecting our friends in the north, we know that climate change has real life and tragic consequences that will only get worse if we don't act. we know, unfortunately, we are not getting a lot of help these days to address issues around climate change from washington, d.c., which makes the work that we do locally and cities all over the world, even more important than ever. at last year's global climate action summit held right here in san francisco, i was proud to become the newest cochair of the sierra club mayor for 100% clean energy program.
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and at the summit, i doubled down on san francisco's commitment to using 100% renewable energy by 2050. those are really bold commitments, but in san francisco, over the years, we have built up all of our talk with a lot of action, and in the city, we work to power our businesses and our homes with renewable energy through our clean power s.f. program. i was so happy and excited to lead to those efforts when i served on the board of supervisors, and now, seeing the incredible progress that this program has made as mayor. provides cleaner, greener electricity at competitive rates and starting this month, we will begin the largest and last major enrolment of our clean power s.f. program. by the end of the earth month which starts today, we will have enrolled over 250,000 new
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customers. [cheers and applause] >> it will bring our grand total to 360,000 customers for our clean power s.f. program. [applause] some of those folks will be in our agreement programs which provide nearly 50% renewable energy, and other friends like here at the new will will choose to be model citizens by joining our super green program. thank you both so much. for just a few more dollars, as i said earlier, you can be a super green hero for the environment. [applause] when you combine all of these new residents and businesses being empowered by clean power s.f. with places like city hall, the airport, who already have 100% greenhouse gas, the city
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will meet its 80% of the electricity demand in san francisco. that's 80% of the city receiving clean, renewable energy from a local motility -- utility with public oversight. how amazing is that? no just as important, we are taking the revenue from the clean power s.f. program and reinvesting it into our communities, meaning more renewable energy projects in our city, and more well-paying jobs for san franciscans. we are already seeing the real-life impact of clean power s.f. and the positive benefits that everyone can realize because of programs like clean power s.f., i'm proud to announce that san francisco has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions 36 below 1990 levels.
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thirty 6%. [applause]. >> the most amazing part about that is we made a commitment to reduce it by 25%, and we have exceeded that. this reduction, i am losing my voice, excuse me. this reduction has exceeded -- [laughter] >> this reduction has exceeded expectations and it is happening even at the same time that the city's population has increased over 22%, and our economy has increased by at 160 6%. how amazing is that? you can be a global, incredible economically viable city and increase the population while still reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
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we have proven that you can do that. now we have accomplished so much , but we are just getting started. today we are launching san francisco's inaugural month of climate action during able because taking care of our planet is not just about signing up for clean power s.f. and other great policies, it is also during the great work to take care of our environments. the san francisco department of the environment has put together a website and volunteer opportunities and programs that will be taking place throughout the month of april. you can visit us online, or just go and google it. san francisco department of environment. this website will make participating in earth month activities more accessible to the public and help everyone get involved in some capacity and
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get excited about doing something about the environments let me tell you, it can be done. i have made a conscious effort to reduce the amount of trash by paying close attention to what i produce. i hardly empty anything in the black garbage can now because of composting, because of recycling , i mean, it is absolutely amazing what you can do when you make changes to how you get rid of waste. putting together a great earth month team has been a team effort, and i want to thank the leaders at the public utilities commission, and we know that some of our commissioners are here today, as well as i want to thank the department of environment for the work that they continue to do, and i also would like to thank the clean power s.f. director.
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thank you so much. and our commissioner, francesca, and i think others who were former commissioners but has worked really hard on the lot of this work. and of course, those individuals , and now i would like to turn over at the podium. thank you so much. i hope i'm saying your name right. but the fact is, they doing some great work and i am sorry i am butchering your name, but this incredible place, the new will, we are so grateful for their commitment to the environment by leading by example. come on up and tell us a little bit about the amazing work that you are doing right here. [applause] >> thank you. my name is karen.
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i am co-owner of the new wheel in san francisco and i wanted to first and foremost thank you for choosing to be here on this day. we are really, truly honored. and honored to be able to use this moment to tell you and to help share the vision for the way that we can take all of the thoughts about the importance of how we use our resources and the worries about our earth, and put them into action in ways that are really, really super meaningful. here at the new wheel, we are mission driven, but mission with lots of solutions, and that has been important to us the whole time. we know that electric bicycles change san francisco for san franciscans because they flatten this city. the city we know as a hilly place where you have to have a car to be able to get to school or go to work, or get to the gym that is no longer the case.
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you can get yourself in your suit, leave the house from anywhere, and get to work in good style on an electric bike. best of all, commuting for two weeks, you will use the same amount of power as you would taking a ten minute hot shower. that means that when you sign up to be a super green customer, you are using that 100% renewable cleaner power and the cleanest way you possibly can to get from point a to point b and you will have a really good time doing it, so thank you for being here. we really are so optimistic about the future of san francisco and the future of our earth because we know that the choices that we make make a big difference. the decisions that we make make a big difference in our actions make a difference. thank you. i would like to introduce -- did i get your name wrong, too. [laughter] >> no worries.
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>> it is a trend. >> hi there. [laughter] and my tradition, we are taught to respect and revere mother earth. we learned that water and earth are sacred, and we learned we must do whatever we can to reduce our impact on the earth. that is why i was enthusiastic when i heard about becoming a super green power of power s.f., a super green customer of clean power s.f. that's why i signed up my household before the major rollout. this is also why i'm proud to live in a city that leads the nation and providing renewable energy for customers. the policy choices that we make not only aligned with my values, it also -- they also help to address environmental injustices that have been created by our antiquated power system. san francisco's push for 100% renewable energy not only improves our environment but improves the health and quality
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of life of residents in san francisco and i hope others take a step to do what they can to sign up, by upgrading to become super green customers of clean power s.f. to continue that downward trend of emissions that the mayor spoke about. thank you. [applause] >> all right. make sure you sign up for our super green program at your earliest convenience. thank you all so much for being here, thank you to our customers and those who are taking the extra step for being super green heroes for the environments. this is a few of the things that we are doing in san francisco. there's so much more work that we know needs to be done, not just in our city, but with cities all over the world. if we are going to make sure that we protect the environment, and our planet for generations to come, and it starts with s. thank you all so much for being here and for being heroes for
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the environment. [cheers and applause] >> when i open up the paper every day i'm just amazed at how many different environmental issues keep popping up. when i think about the planet i want to leave for my children and other generation, i think of what contribution i can make on a personal level to the environment. ♪
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clean power sf is san francisco's key way of fighting climate change by renewable energy and offering it to san francisco customers. i'm from the san francisco public utilities commission. the program came about with state wide legislation in 2002 to enable people to take more control over supplies. i first heard of the program when the organization was advocating to launch clean power sf. what i'm most excited about, it's going to bring 100% renewable energy to my home and reinvest into renewable energy infrastructure and jobs. i had gone to a lot of street fairs and heard from the staff at the san francisco public utilities commission to sign up
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for clean power sf even before it launched. >> we learned about clean power sf because our sustainability team is always looking for clean operations. linkedin is the largest online network. there are about 530 million members using our site. in this san francisco office there's about 1400 employees working in roughly 400,000 square feet. >> after signing up for the program we heard about the san francisco program and learned they had commercial rates and signed up for that. i'm the co-owner of the new wheel electric bike shop. we opened this store in 2012 and the new wheel sells and services electric bikes. 11 people work here in san francisco and our store is about 2,000 square feet.
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electric bikes are fantastic for transportation in the city, they're clean and green and you get places faster than any other form of transportation. it amplifies the power, it doesn't replace it. it makes it easier to get places by bicycle and it's so enjoyable and environmentally friendly way to go and more convenient in san francisco. >> clean power sf requires two products, green, 40% renewable and competitively priced with pg and e. for those who want to fight climate change more, 100% renewable at $0.02 per kilawatt. >> i decided to go with the super greens, after finding it
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only to cost about $5 more a month to have super green, that's a no-brainer, i can do that. >> we were pleased that clean power sf offers the super green 100% for commercial entities like ours and residents for the city of san francisco. we were pleased with the package of services for linkedin and now encouraging our employees who have a residence in san francisco to sign on as well. >> clean power sf buys its power from renewable plants that feed the energy directly into the grid. >> there's a commitment to sustainability throughout the entire organization and this clean power opportunity reflects that. >> one of the wind farms we use is the shilo wind farm and that is large enough to be able to provide energy for up to 200,000
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homes. >> our mission is sustainability, even though our bikes are minimal energy use, it still matters where the energy comes from and part of our mission in sustainability is how we run everything -- run our business. having the lights come on with clean energy is very important. >> the sunset reservoir has solar panels that take up about four city blocks covering the reservoir and the solar power generates energy for city resources and clean power sf for residents participating in the program. >> it was easy to sign up for the program, i went online to and i started getting pieces in the mail letting me know i was going to be switched over and it just happened. when i pay my bill, i still go to pg and e and i don't see any difference between now and a
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year ago. >> sign up online, just have your account number ready and it takes about two minutes and there's nothing to install. no lines are getting connected to your home. all the power goes through the existed power grid. >> we haven't had any problems with the switch over to clean power. >> it's super easy to sign up. our book keeper signed up online, it took about 15 minutes. nothing changed but now we have cleaner energy. >> we see clean power sf as a key strategy to meet renewable energy goal, we have a goal of 50% renewable energy by 2020. currently we have enrolled about 86,000 customers across the city. about 20% of what we hope to serve in the future and in the next two years we'll offer service to all san francisco electricity customers. >> an easy way to align your
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environmental responsibilities and goals around climate change and it's so easy that it's hard to not want to do it and it doesn't really add anything to the bill. >> joining clean power sf is one of the easiest ways to fight climate change, receiving cleaner energy at low and stable rates, you're helping to support a not for profit that helps influence the energy grid and produce more production. >> i would encourage any business to seriously convert to the clean sf service. it's good for environment, business and the community. >> you can sign up online our call and the great thing is, you'll have the peace of mind that you're doing your part in your household to help the environment. ♪ ♪
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>> shop and dine in the 49 promotes local businesses, and challenges residents to do their shopping within the 49 square miles of san francisco. by supporting local services in our neighborhood, we help san francisco remain unique, successful, and vibrant. so where will you shop and dine in the 49? >> i am the owner of this restaurant. we have been here in north beach over 100 years. [speaking foreign language] [♪]
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[speaking foreign language] [♪] [♪] >> clerk: i'll do roll call. [roll call]
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>> clerk: agenda item number two, public comment on items appearing or not appearing on the agenda. >> thank you, ethics commissioners. my name is ellen lee zhou. i am a public servant for more than 20 years. i am an seiu bargaining team member for employees. our union has more than 52% of the public employees. i am also the director of public relations for the california civic grand jury association, the san francisco chapter. as a public employee, i am trained to practice good government conducts. i am here as a resident of san francisco for the last 30
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years. i have been coming to ethics commission many, many times, during 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and today. i come before you, ethics commission and ask you to restore law and order. ethics commission was setup to find corruptions in the government. the last time i was here talking to you, it was march 15, 2019. i reported to you we have a lot of possible corruptions within the electoral officers who purposely created laws that welcome criminals and drugs and drug dealers. for example, we have 25,000 drug abusers and users and sellers in san francisco streets. in the last two years, we have more than 400 homeless people
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die on the streets because we have the laws that created purposely by the elected officers, and we waste a lot of public dollars, we waste a lot of human lives, and we also provide free needles, 6 million a year. we only able to collect back about 2 millions, which means more than half of the needles are floating on san francisco streets. it is illegal, but our government has been doing so freely illegal drugs. so i am here today and ask you to investigate super pacs that has been bought and paid by a few elites election after election and contaminate our good government practice. today, i'm here to request the ethics commissioners to enforce the laws to protect our government, to protect our san francisco, and make san francisco safe and clean.
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and also, because we have so many people opposed to illegal drugs and site injection for drugs and supporting the drug dealers. it's about time for you to step up. because of the time, i'm not able to finish all my comments in here, so i'm going to give this to you as public record. >> chair chiu: okay. thank you. >> thank you. >> chair chiu: any other public comment for agenda item number two? okay. agenda item number two, approval of draft minutes for ethics commission's march 15, 2019 meeting. so we have a motion and a second. all in favor? okay. a unanimous approval. agenda item number four, informational presentation and discussion of agenda item number four, public finances review project, phase two,
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public findings and recommendations. >> good afternoon, commissioners. pat ford who would normally be here to present, wasn't able to be here because of switch of dates. i would like to thank brian cox and tyler fields that are here today to present to you information and to recap the report. this report and the information it contains are designed to bring forward items that strengthen the public financing program that candidates for mayor and board of supervisors are able to participate in. just as a quick recap for those who might be joining the
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discussion at this point, following the issues on sfgov tv or through later observation, the public financing program we have here in the city have a number of aims that it was created to establish. and part of the challenge for the city is to continually make sure those policy goals are balanced through the mechanics and the procedures that the program establishes. some of goals that the program requires is to -- is to support is to reduce time that candidates have to spend fund raising or believe that they have to spend fund raising and really encourage them to spend more time communicating with voters on issues that matter. also, it encourages more or it's designed to encourage greater opportunities for candidates, including those with less means or modest means or those who don't wish to spend their greater means running for office and so candidates can one more pet --
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run for competitive campaigns. also, by allows candidates funding to be leveraged with smaller funding, it's reducing real or perceived corruption that can become or be attributed from contributions that come from private individuals -- private contributions and instead having a source of funds that really is died only to the -- tied only to the taxpayers or more neutral interest. so as you've heard in the earlier phases of our campaign finance review, we have been looking at the program on the number fronts to try and assess its effectiveness and strengthen its effectiveness going forward. as you know, it's a voluntary program for candidates, so it needs to be an attractive program for them to participate. assessing that, ensuring that it's attractive can be tricky.
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the city laws have changed in this area frequently since the law was first established in 2000. the good thing is th-- it can tricky to assess, but it is very important to us to bring forward to you the best information we have that is based on current data and try to assess from that data what it tells us and about and suggests about improvements that could be made. so in -- with the eye towards being as objective and clear-eyed as possible, we really want to try and see what are the dynamics that are at play in most recent elections, question and assess whether there are provisions that have outlived their usefulness, even if they may have been helpful at one point. really, this is a tune-up, not an overhaul, but we wanted to
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bring forth our recommendations substantively. we wants to bring the recommendations forward -- we wants to bring the recommendations forward, get a sense of what you would like at the next meeting written out for discussion. we want to engage as much public comment as possible if there are individuals who want to do that present at this meeting, and we look forward next month bringing to you a package that strengthens the system so we can really have better participation rates, one goal, more voters engaging, and a stronger program thfor funds that voters in san francisco have set aside. how we approach this process, phase one was to look at administrative changes coming out of the 2010 election. it resulted in approved
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regulations. a review of the administration of qualification and matching funds claims also improved guidance material. what we learned from this last election to help improve information for candidates and those who are supporting candidates, internal investigation to strengthen the program administration going forward, and also an ordinance that the commission has passed and is at the rules committee at the board of supervisors presently and just as a quick update on that, we did hear just today that it looks like the ordinance will be scheduled -- and even we heard it was going to be may 6, but it's going to be moved up to an earlier time frame. that's encouraging. this one, phase two, is looking at the more substantive features of the program. item four is a report, a comprehensive report that our policy team, supported by our
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information systems team put together assessing information and data and research some other agencies to see what kind of leasing practices are out there and how agencies are dealing with emergency actions in the public arena. we've based that work on a variety of pieces, including interviews with candidates and treasurers, consultants. again, the program needs to be relevant and attractive to candidates. that was one piece of recommendations. that's not the only basis for the recommendations we have here. we also did interested persons meetings on march 4 and 8 and looked at a deep analysis of the campaign finance data and as i mentioned, a review of other jurisdictions. so i just wanted to provide that context and background again for where we are and how we got here today. and as you'll see the report, it provides an overview of the program and then walks through the methodology and specific findings and recommendations.
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and we have at the very end of the report, which i think i just will walk-through briefly and then open it to questions or further discussion in more detailed ways, as you prefer, it's agenda item four, page 18, there's a list of all legislative recommendations that are contained here. i will note, as well, that there is an attachment that we received from the campaign legal center that i think are worth discussing, but they provided a report about campaign financing and public financing at jurisdictions around the country, which i think brian can speak to more if you have some questions about. but in terms of legislative recommendations, they are listed on page 18. the first is to look at public
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funding and which of the contributions will be matched for purposes of public funding. we are recommending in this report that public funding be available for the first $100 from any contributor. currently, it's the first 500 or the full maximum that a contributor can give, and we're proposing to match it at a 6:1 ratio. they then can submit claims for matching funds, and those are matched first at a dollar-for dollar -- excuse me, a 2:1 rate and then moves onto a next tier, dollar-for dollar. we're proposed to have them matched at a 6:1 percentage. when they're initially
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approved, they receive a grant to help them. that grant, we're proposing to increase from 10,000 to 20 -- from 20,000 to supervisorial candidates to 60,000, and 100,000 in the mayoral race to 300,000. one of the things that programs have tried to do is to give candidates the resources that they've qualified to receive relatively earlier in a campaign, and being able to increase the match is responsive to the goal of having candidates have that -- qualified candidates have a bit more resources sooner than is currently the case by increasing that initial grant. we also have a proposal to increase the maximum funding that a candidate can receive. there are two alternatives that we've identified. one is alternative one which raises the levels to an amount based on current examples and
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patterns of fund raising. we looked at if those patterns were to continue, how much can a candidate receive and still be in existing campaign parameters. and so those are shown. that will be increasing the maximum for supervisorial candidate to 200,000. the second alternative is a slightly higher amount of money that would be provided. that, however, has some implications assuming some patterns of fund raising and the assumptions about the number of candidates. that could potentially tax the campaign fund in a way that would require additional funds to be allocated for that additional campaign fund, so that's an additional consideration. it's a more generous program in the sense that this gets
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candidates more resources, but it also increases the potential for greater campaign funds. how would that happen? would it be timely? would it be workable? so that's just a few of the things to think about when we discuss that. i'm going to let brian talk about this, but number four is changing the appropriation language, providing greater stability for the funding program as it exists. the next is to increase the initial individual expenditure ceiling to $350,000 for supervisorial candidates and 300,000 for mayoral candidates. in the past, you've heard conversations that candidates have to limit their initial spending as an exchange for receiving public funds, and is there a need given the amount of spending that we've seen by candidates in initial elections to raise the initial limits to
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which candidates agree? this would provide a higher ceiling for candidates at the outset of their participation. and then, we also looked at the question of whether there is a way to make the public's funds available earlier to candidates than is currently the case, and we have a proposal here that would retain the existing time frame that the public funds can't be provided to candidates until the 142nd day before the election. that is the earliest day that public funds can be provided currently. we're taking a slightly different approach that would continue that practice with regard to matching funds, but that we would proposed increased allowing the grant to be distributed to a qualified candidate sooner so that the candidate could receive their grant amount earlier in the election cycle and have sort of seed money, if you will. based on their eligibility and qualification that would be determined at that point in time, but then, they would have to pat until the 142nd day to
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actually have matching funds distributed, so we're trying to explore again, is there a way to provide candidates to -- funds to candidates a bit earlier in their campaign so it encourages competition. and the last that came up, but it has significance. the qualification period that is articulated in the current law is confusing. it's different as to mayoral candidates and supervisorial candidates. one using language -- we're harmonizing the way those two work. we're making it clear that it is by the 70th day before the election that candidates must submit their qualifying papers. the language was inconsistent for mayor and supervisorial candidates. i think i will stop there to see if there are any clarifying comments or